PRO Excellence in Design Award

Parks & Recreation Ontario

Skateboard/BMX Plaza Receives Award for Excellence in Design
March 18, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay’s Skateboard/BMX Plaza has earned a 2010 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Excellence in Design Award. The PRO committee, Board Members and staff were extremely impressed with the contributions the Skateboard/BMX Plaza has made to the community.

“This is such an exciting milestone for the local skateboard and BMX community,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “This plaza is a testament to what hard work and community involvement can accomplish, and it has the potential to become a destination spot for skateboarding enthusiasts across the country.”

The Excellence in Design Award will be presented next month at the PRO Conference in Niagara Falls.  Myles Cizmar, Supervisor of Community Recreation, along with two members of the Thunder Bay Skatepark Coalition, will be in attendance to receive the Award on behalf of the City.

“I can’t think of a project that is more deserving of this award,” said David Tranter, Skateboard Coalition member and advocate of youth activities in Thunder Bay. “The skateboard/bmx plaza embodies all of the attributes that make for outstanding public spaces, and represents an exciting and hopeful new chapter in Thunder Bay’s development.”

The Skateboard/BMX Plaza, covering approximately 25,000 square feet, was the result of considerable community consultation and public involvement, spearheaded by the City of Thunder Bay’s Recreation & Culture Division and the Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition. It is also a casual socializing space, set within a vibrant landscape designed to capture the spirit of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront.

The award recognizes high standards of planning, design, and community involvement, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility.

Contact:  Beverly Ball, Manager – Recreation and Culture Division, 625-2368

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